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Title: Hans Eysenck and the Jewish question: Genealogical investigations
Authors: Colman, Andrew M.
Frosch, Caren A.
First Published: 15-Sep-2016
Publisher: Elsevier for International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID)
Citation: Personality and Individual Differences, 2016, 103, pp. 195-199
Abstract: We present evidence establishing that Hans Eysenck was half Jewish. He went out of his way to conceal this fact and to disavow his Jewish ancestry until the publication of his full-length autobiography in 1990, long after he retired, when he revealed that one of his grandparents was Jewish. Using specialized genealogical techniques and resources, we trace his Jewish maternal grandmother, who died in Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1944, and his Jewish maternal grandfather, who practised medicine in Königshütte and later in Berlin. We discuss Eysenck’s possible motives for disavowing his Jewish heritage for most of his life.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.006
ISSN: 1873-3549
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Elsevier, 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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